Amyloidosis Research Initiative
Argentia Orientals continues to be a strong advocate for breed preservation, supporting research efforts aimed at exploring health issues threatening the viability of our breeds. We invite you to explore the Amyloidosis Research Initiative below, made possible by the Winn Feline Foundation. We ask that you kindly consider donating to this important cause; the survival of our breed truly depends on it. Amyloidosis has become a significant health threat for our breeds, often causing sudden death in cats under the age of 5 years. As described by Dr. Leslie Lyons (Principle Investigator at the Feline Genetics Lab in the Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri):
Amyloidosis is characterized by abnormal deposits of a protein complex (amyloid) in tissues and organs, which affects their functions and eventually can lead to organ failure and death.
A special thank you to Kathi Hoos and colleagues, who were instrumental in engaging the Winn Foundation to establish this fund. The foundation has agreed to match donations once the fund reaches $7500. Designated funds will be used by researchers to discover a DNA test, eventually eliminating this genetic trait through appropriate breeding programs.
To donate, please visit the following link, click on first dropdown menu ("How would you like your funds used?") and select "I would like to choose a specific purpose or fund". From "Specific Purpose" dropdwon menu, select "Amyloidosis (Siamese-related) Fund".
Argentia Orientals is honoured to dedicate this page to all those
feline angels who have passed away from this deadly illness.